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Panthers win 2015 Viking Classic

ROME, Ga.—The Birmingham-Southern swimming and diving teams had a stellar weekend at the Viking Classic, hosted by Berry College at the Cage Center Natatorium in Rome, Ga. Both teams won the Classic, with several individual wins and eight pool records being set.

The men, ranked second in the nation by CollegeSwimming.com, defeated host Berry, South Georgia, and LaGrange, and the women, ranked eighth in the nation, defeated Brenau, South Georgia, Converse, Berry, and Columbia.

On the women's side, junior Molly Waddell won the 200 free on Saturday with a time of 1:58.20, and was also part of Friday's winning 200 free relay team which also consisted of junior Kristen Stempak, sophomore Marilyn Rowell, and junior Hailey Morris. Stempak also won the 50 free with a time of 25.11 seconds.

Junior Duncan Bonney won the 200 IM with a pool-record time of 1:56.47 on Friday, and then won the 100 fly (52.36) and 100 free (47.26) on Saturday. Junior Drew Priede won the 500 free on Friday with a time of 4:42.58, also a pool record, and followed that up on Saturday with pool-record wins in the 200 free (1:45.80) and 1650 free (16:42.07).

Priede and Bonney, along with freshmen Wil Barton and Caleb Riggs, won the 400 medley relay on Friday, and Priede, Bonney, Barton, and freshman Stone Strankman won the 400 free relay with a time of 3:14.72 on Saturday. The 800 free relay team set a pool record on Saturday with a time of 7:14.06; the team consisted of Priede, Barton, sophomore Scott Taylor, and Riggs.

Riggs also won two individual medals, setting a pool record in the 400 IM (4:21.37) and winning the 200 breast (2:14.06) on Saturday. Barton also won the 200 back on Saturday with a pool-record time of 1:57.02.

The Panthers will return to action Feb. 12-14, hosting the Southern Athletic Association Championship at the Birmingham CrossPlex. The BSC women look to defend their 2014 title, while the BSC men look to improve upon their 2014 close second-place finish.